What Planned Parenthood does and does not do

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A few days ago I posted a link on my Facebook wall to one of the videos concerning the recent Planned Parenthood scandal. In a response, one of my friends wrote “…in low income and rural areas planned parenthood is the only clinic available to women for women’s health”. My friend Rachel asked what kind of services they provide, but never received a reply.

Well, undeterred, Rachel did some digging and yesterday she posted a link on my wall to something posted by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee. I wanted to reproduce it here in its entirety:

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This is for people who say Planned Parenthood provides so many services for women. Here are the facts. Planned Parenthood should NEVER be your “go to” for healthcare.

Planned Parenthood does NOT provide:

-Mammograms
-Prenatal Care
-Breast Biopsies
-Breast Cancer Diagnostic Care
-Primary Health Care
-Diabetes Treatment
-Treatment for Elevated Cholesterol
-Treatment for Elevated Blood Pressure
-Holistic Medicine
-Obstetrical Care
-Pediatric Care
-Care for HIV Positive Individuals
-Infertility Treatments
-Natural Family Planning Instruction
-Care for Uterine Fibroids
-Treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
-Adoption Placement
-Prostate Exams
-Uterine Laser Ablation
-Cervical Laser Ablation
-Miscarriage Management
-Bladder Disorders and Urinary Problems
-Prolapsed Pelvic Floor Concerns
-Laparoscopic Procedures
-Hysterectomy
-Treatment of Endometriosis
-Polyp Removal
-Endometrial Ablation
-BRCA Testing
-Bone Density Testing
-Treatment of Pelvic Pain
-Treatment of Vulvar Pain
-Molar Pregnancy Follow Up

Planned Parenthood DOES provide:

-First and Second Trimester Abortions
-Limited STD testing and treatment
-Pap Smears for Women in Child Bearing Years
-Limited Contraceptive Methods

Just wanted to put some of the myths to rest.

22 comments

  • That is eye opening. I just assumed that they did all the things listed AND abortions as well. If you want to see a photo of what they really do well, check out my post from today http://notforitchingears.com/2015/07/23/it-may-be-a-legal-right-but-it-seems-morally-wrong-doesnt-it/

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  • Planned Parenthood offers reproductive health care that otherwise would be unaffordable for many women. You can utilize whatever services you need, get answers to questions, referrals for further healthcare if test results suggest follow-up, and they do provide abortions at some of the clinics but not all of them. Abortion is one option, but they also discuss the other options as well; such as keeping the baby or giving it up for adoption. They will discuss available programs and connect the woman with them. Whether you choose abortion is up to you, not Planned Parenthood. I would much rather have the availability of safe abortions for the woman rather than go back to the way it was when women died from botched abortions in back alleys or only available to the rich who can go to another country for an abortion. Do not judge. Be compassionate. You do not walk in their shoes.

    • Hey Cheryl, thanks for your comment. Part of me is a little confused though. Is the list offered accurate or not? If so, it is neither an attack of Planned Parenthood, nor a defense of them, but simply a stating of the services which they provide, as well as the services which people think they supply but do not.

      Planned Parenthood offers reproductive health care that otherwise would be unaffordable for many women

      Given that they get $500 million from the federal government alone (aside from State etc.), I would certainly hope that they provide services to people who don’t have much money!

      Abortion is one option, but they also discuss the other options as well; such as keeping the baby or giving it up for adoption.

      I haven’t dug around for recent statistics, but at least in 2013 Planned Parenthood provided 149 abortions for each adoption referral. Other agencies have much more success in encouraging the non-violent solution to the problem of an unexpected pregnancy.

      Whether you choose abortion is up to you, not Planned Parenthood

      Have you watched any of the undercover videos done by Lila Rose?

      I would much rather have the availability of safe abortions for the woman rather than go back to the way it was when women died from botched abortions in back alleys or only available to the rich who can go to another country for an abortion.

      I find this position problematic. I’ve written a longer post where I explain myself further. I ask some questions in that post and I’d be interested to hear how you’d answer them.

      In the USA we often hear that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare”. It’s definitely legal. However, there’s no safety for the baby in the procedure and it most certainly is not rare.

      Do not judge

      Aren’t you judging me in telling me not to judge? Also, do you not judge things which you deem to be morally wrong? Do you judge the actions of those who treat animals harshly or employers who underpay their employees?

      Be compassionate

      You’re assuming I’m not compassionate and I’m not really sure how you can know that. However, do you think pro-lifers support their local crisis pregnancy centres because they lack compassion? Are they doing it out of the meanness of their hearts? The very reason we support those centres and the very reason we go to abortion clinics is because we love. It would be unloving to sit back and do nothing.

      If you ever spend some time with those involved with the pro-life movement, you’ll find that compassion their fuel. A very close friend of mine regularly stands in front of Planned Parenthood clinics, speaking with the girls going in to get abortions. When asked why she does this, she replies “Because nobody was standing here to speak to me on the day I went in for my abortion”.

    • Cheryl – the fact is the “back alley” abortions you are referring to were in 99.9% of the cases performed by physicians. “Back alley” is the way women usually had to enter the doctors office so as to not cause people to notice them.

      More women die from abortion now than they ever did before Roe v Wade.

      You need to do a bit of research before saying things that are no more than propaganda fed to the masses.

      Some facts:

      Myth #1. Illegal abortions were performed by unlicensed, unskilled hacks. Prior to legalization, 90 percent of illegal abortions were done by physicians.2 Most of the remainder were done by nurses, midwives or others with at least some medical training. The term “back alley” referred not to where abortions were performed, but to how women were instructed to enter the doctor’s office after hours, through the back alley, to avoid arousing neighbors’ suspicions.

      Myth #2. Tens of thousands of women died from illegal abortions every year. This pseudo-fact was much repeated by the media. The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, one of the co-founders of the National Abortion Rights Action League and the obstetrician/ gynecologist who directed what was in the 1970s the world’s largest abortion clinic, later revealed that leading abortion proponents knew this figure was false but considered it to be “useful” in their public relations campaign. Even Planned Parenthood’s own leading statisticians admitted that the official statistics on deaths resulting from illegal abortion were very accurately reported prior to 1973. In 1972, there were only 39 maternal deaths related to illegal abortion, not the thousands proclaimed by pro-abortionists.

    • Cheryl Hofer. re. your statement about Planned Parenthood abortion being safe – There have been a number of women who died following a botched abortion and many who can never have another child. Some who suffer from despair and guilt and who commit suicide.

      • Sorry Evelyn, you have presented a straw man argument. I could just as easily say that abortion (in cases not medically necessitated) have saved countless women from their abusive boyfriends or rapists. I could also say the trauma of bringing that child to term, bonding with it and giving it up for adoption would cause them to suffer from such despair and guilt that they would kill themselves.
        I myself made the difficult decision to have an abortion a few years ago, I had only been with the man for a month and he lived out of state. We have now been married a year. Would I love to have that baby in my arms right now? Of course. I know we made the right decision for us though. We couldn’t have given it the strong foundation it needed to grow up in a stable home if we got together because we got pregnant. We ended up being perfect for each other, I think the most devastating thing would be to know that our child was out there and we weren’t the ones raising and loving it.

        • Hi X, welcome to Restless Pilgrim.

          Sorry Evelyn, you have presented a straw man argument.

          A straw man argument is when you misrepresent someone else’s argument in such a way as to make it easier to refute. How do you think Evelyn has done this? All she has said is that abortion is a procedure not without its risks.

          I address the kinds of arguments put forward by Cheryl in my post Safe and Legal which I would invite you to consider.

        • I could just as easily say that abortion (in cases not medically necessitated) have saved countless women from their abusive boyfriends or rapists.

          How has abortion saved them from their abusers? As far as I can see, all that an abortion could achieve is the death of the child conceived.

          In some countries, those who have suffered rape are killed. It’s called “honour killing”. I think this is barbaric because it’s the killing of an innocent human being. If it’s barbaric to kill the innocent victim of rape, why would it be okay to kill the innocent child who was conceived in this way? What crime has the child committed which warrants the death penalty?

          Abortion is not the panacea it promises to be. The rape victim has already endured the emotional trauma of the rape and undergoing an abortion will only compound it further. She will endure the consequences of her decision long after she has left Planned Parenthood. Adoption, rather than abortion, is a non-violent solution to a problem caused by violence. Below you can read below some stories of women who were raped, found they had conceived and yet still chose life:

          * Pregnant after being violently raped at just 12-years-old, she rejected abortion: now, she has no regrets

          * Raped while on a business trip, my husband and I chose life

          * After being raped at 13, this girl bravely rejected abortion: then the unthinkable happened

          I could also say the trauma of bringing that child to term, bonding with it and giving it up for adoption would cause them to suffer from such despair and guilt that they would kill themselves.

          I don’t think statistics are on your side on this issue. Even the Guttmacher Institute studies have shown adoption to be a remarkably cathartic experience for those mothers and many who do choose abortion do later regret it.

          Here’s the story of a musician, Mark Schultz, writing about his experience of being adopted:

        • I myself made the difficult decision to have an abortion a few years ago, I had only been with the man for a month and he lived out of state… We couldn’t have given it the strong foundation it needed to grow up in a stable home if we got together because we got pregnant

          I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been through such a tough experience. I would strongly encourage you to receive counselling from somewhere like Abortion Changes You or Rachel’s Hope or Rachel’s Vineyard. I’ve had several friends make use of these groups and they’ve found a lot of healing there.

          I agree with you that it’s important to try and provide the best possible situation for children as they are brought into this world. However, please consider the following hypothetical. Let’s say that one of your friends who has a toddler finds herself in a less-than-ideal life situation. Maybe she has just lost her job and her husband abandoned her. Life is definitely going to be difficult in the coming years. Now please allow me to ask a dumb question: would you suggest to that women to euthanize her toddler? Of course not, right? If you wouldn’t suggest that she end the life of her toddler, why might you suggest she do the same to her unborn child who is even more defenseless?

          We ended up being perfect for each other, I think the most devastating thing would be to know that our child was out there and we weren’t the ones raising and loving it.

          Giving up a child for adoption doesn’t necessarily mean that the mother will never see the child again. There is the option of open adoption and, even if this is not chosen, there is always the possibility that the child will reach out later in life.

          I don’t want to sound insensitive, but wouldn’t it be more devastating to know that your child is in the grave? I can only approach this as a hypothetical, but I can’t help but think that if I had the choice between my child (a) being dead and (b) being raised by someone else, I would have to choose the option which gave my child the continued gift of life. I would want my daughter to have the opportunity to take her first steps, taste ice-cream, ride a bike, go to prom, have a career, get married and have children of her own.

    • I had an abortion with Planned Parenthood’s help. No they do not let you know there are other options other than abortion. Quite the opposite. As a 15 year old in 1977 I asked the technician what ‘it’ looked like. This was long before there was much literature showing the development of a growing fetus. She answered, “it’s just a blob of tissue”. After I was quiet for a few minutes she said, ” You’re really young.” Yes I was young but I was not told there were people and places in our city who helped unwed young women or even that carrying the baby could be an option. I was already terrified so I believe she was trained to ease the process toward an abortion. Though I asked God for forgiveness a year later it wasn’t until I was married 5 years later and was holding my 5 month old son in my arms that it hit me what I had actually done. I was heartbroken and devastated. And that’s the other thing they won’t tell you at Planned Parenthood. While they’re lining their pockets and bank accounts with the blood money from the slaughter of innocents, they never mention that you may later really, really regret the decision they helped you make. And they know it happens because there have been plenty of women who have let them know the pain the eventually feel.

  • Cheryl, also wanted to point out that there is no such thing as unaffordable reproductive care for women; it is the era of Obamacare and all services are available through county public health and Medicaid programs so no one has to suffer for inability to pay. Actually these services have been available to income-qualified women for decades now; there was never a need to go to PP for any healthcare.

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  • This is completely false … especially for having some of these conditions and I go to planned parenthood Nassau county long island. You’re just a bullshitter!

  • Planned parenthood saved my life so anyone who thinks they only do abortions can fuck off.

    • Hi WilfeLifeLady, welcome to Restless Pilgrim!

      I’m always open to correct factual inaccuracies in any of my posts. What procedure did Planned Parenthood perform which saved your life?

      Thanks,

      David.

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